Todd & The Book of Pure Evil
The Complete First Season
Rating: 4 out of 5

     Television shows over the past decade have plummeted to an all time low.  It’s a rarity to actually find a TV show enjoyable enough to watch and dedicate time out of my week to watch on a regular schedule.  Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is a Canadian comedy/horror television series that I’ve heard about for just about a year now, but never had the chance to see – mainly because I live in the States and “Todd” airs in Canada.  I had my doubts at first about this show – did it end up rubbing me the right way?  Or does Todd and the Book of Pure Evil need to sacrifice itself to the dark lord? 

     Todd (played by Alex House) is a high school student at Crowley High who desperately wants to hook up with Jenny (played by the hot Maggie Castle) – Todd will do just about anything to make this fantasy a reality.  After encountering a cursed magical book with a mind of its own (The Book of Pure Evil) that can grant wishes of those who possess it – his dream quickly becomes a nightmarish reality.  Todd quickly joins forces with his classmates, Jenny and Billy, to vanquish this evil book once and for all.   

     The story of ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ (written by W.W. Jacobs in the early 1900’s) quickly comes to mind.  They are similar in the way that the wishes don’t necessarily come true as imagined by the wisher.  There is a darker, more sinister outcome to each wish than they ever intended.  In this case, the book travels around the school looking for the next victim – a person who desperately needs something – something they feel is unreachable until they discover the book of pure evil.   

     The cast was amazing.  To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from this show when it came down to the acting.  I expected cheesy and untalented acting, but I was given the exact opposite.  Sure – there are a few instances where the acting leans more towards the cheesy side, but it was only because the script asked for it – or it was necessary for that portion of the show.  Jason Mewes (from ‘Jay & Silent Bob’ fame) also makes a small cameo in each episode as the wise and all-knowing janitor.   

     The special effects and visual effects were both areas I was concerned about, but I was really impressed with the quality and the presentation.  I’ve seen movies with worse special effects.  They were very well done and cleverly made.   

     The Bottom Line: I was highly impressed with this show.  I only wish it was available to watch here in America.  It’s nice to see some exciting and unfiltered horror fun on TV.

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